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Tuesday, September 8

Fall Softball Leagues

Location: Frank White and 140th & Holmes Softball Complexes
Time: Varies
Price: $475/Team - Frank White Jr.$440/Team - 140th & Holmes
Phone: (816) 503-4878

Online Reservation

Get your team into the action by joining a Jackson County Parks + Rec Fall Softball League.  Play is offered at all levels of competition in Men’s and Coed Divisions.  JCP+R Fall Softball Leagues are played Sundays through Thursday nights at two of the finest ballparks in the area. Sign-up today, the registration deadline is August 28.


Saturday, September 26

Grand Festival of Chez les Canses

ChezLocation: Fort OsageSibley, Missouri
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Price: $7.00 Adults$4.00 Youth$3.00 Seniors
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Explore how early French settlers lived at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers in the late 1700s.  Re-enactors will interpret everyday life skills common on the frontier.  Artisans will display custom made wares, both decorative and utilitarian, which were essential to these early settlers.


Saturday, October 3 - Sunday, October 4

40th Annual Missouri Town 1855
Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music

Fall FestivalLocation: Missouri Town 1855Fleming Park
  Saturday, October 310:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Sunday, October 411:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Price: $10.00 per car/van$20.00 per school/commercial bus
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

Celebrate the arrival of fall at Missouri Town 1855!  Enjoy 1850’s music and dance, horse drawn buggy rides, hot-spiced cider, children’s games, period arts and crafts, and fun-filled hay rides.  Now in its 40th year, the Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival is one of our region’s longest running consecutive festivals!  Please, no pets.


Sunday, October 18

Dog Jumping Through HoopDogtober Fest 2015

Location: Kemper Outdoor Education CenterFleming Park
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Price: Free admission with a donation of dog food for local animal shelters
Phone: (816) 229-8980
Email: Dogtoberfest@jacksongov.org 

This is the perfect afternoon for dog lovers and their humans. Event highlights include the Halloween Costume Contest, Agility Fun Run, Dock Diving, Frisbee Competition, Obedience Obstacle Courses, Dog/Owner Look-Alike Contest, and the Blessing of the Animals.  In lieu of an admission fee, dog food donations will be accepted and given to local animal shelters.


Friday, October 23 - Saturday, October 24

Spirits From The PastSpirits from the Past

Location: Missouri Town 1855Fleming Park 
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: $10.00 per person. Advance Reservations only.
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

As darkness envelops Missouri Town, the village comes alive with goblins, ghosts and other spooky creatures.  Visitors will encounter a variety of unworldly sights and sounds at this fun-filled family oriented Halloween event.  Complimentary hot cider and a special appearance by Edgar Allen Poe are but a prelude to the haunted hayride that concludes this night of surprises.  Advance reservations required! CLICK HERE for reservations.


Saturday, October 24

Pumpkins on Parade

Location: Cave Springs8701 Gregory
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: Free admission
Phone: (816) 547-9679
Email: a.maddox@sbcglobal.net 

You’ll feel fall in the air as you stroll along trails aglow with hundreds of carved, lighted pumpkins at Cave Springs Park. There will be lots of fun-filled activities for the kids and food vendors will be on site.


Saturday, October 24 - Sunday, October 25

MusterAnnual Fall Muster

Location: Fort OsageSibley, Missouri
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Executed with historical accuracy, this annual re-enactment relives events surrounding the prelude to the War of 1812, as Fort Osage hears for the first time war has been declared with Britain.  Musket and cannons are made ready, civilians are conscript, and both residents and soldiers stationed at this remote frontier outpost are on alert.  Visitors can literally feel the tension of the unknown and share the fear and excitement with our re-enactors as Fort Osage prepares for war!


Sunday, November 14

Longview Half-Marathon

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Time:  8:00 am
Information & Registration:

Join KC Running Company as they host this 13.1 mile run through scenic Longview Lake.  The Race begins at 8 am.  All finishers will receive a medal.  Contact KC Running Company for information and registration.


Tuesday, November 24

Trip the Light Fantastic!
Magical Bike Ride thru Christmas In The Park

Location: Longview Lake CampgroundLongview Lake Park
Packet Pick-Up/Free Registration: Sunday, November 22, 2-4 pm, Gusto Coffee Bistro, 3390 Fascination Drive, Lee's Summit, Mo 
Event Day/Time:   Tuesday, November 24
  5:00 p.m. – Check-In begins at Frank White Ballpark, 3901 SW Longview Rd, Lee's Summit, MO
  6:00 p.m. – The 4.5 Mile Course is OPEN to Ride! 
  7:45 p.m. – Contest/Prizes at Finish Line
Price: FREE to ride when you register before 11/22
          $5 if registering on-site.
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC bicyclists will enjoy a 4.5-mile Magical Bike Ride through the hundreds of lighted, animated displays at Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park!  The Course begins at Frank White Jr. Ballpark and continues along County Park Road to and through Christmas In The Park, exiting onto Longview Road and finishing in front of Gusto at New Longview.  Prizes will be awarded to the Best Holiday Decorated Bike, Best Holiday Dressed Individual and Ugliest Holiday Sweater at the Finish Line (around 7:45 p.m.)  FREE to ride when you pre-register by 11/22.  $5 to ride if registering on-site/day-of event.  Pre-Registration is required. CLICK HERE to register on-line.


Wednesday, November 25

Christmas In The Sky

Christmas In The SkyLocation: Longview Lake BeachLongview Lake Park
Time: Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
Price: No charge
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

Jackson County Parks + Rec and 99.7 The Point kick-off your holiday season, and the opening of Christmas In The Park, with Christmas In The Sky.  This magical evening showcases holiday entertainment and an amazing fireworks display, synchronized to your favorite holiday music, and simulcast on 99.7 The Point. 
Directions to Christmas In The Sky: I 470 East to Raytown Road, then follow the signs south two miles to the Longview Lake Beach entrance.


Wednesday, November 25 - Thursday, December 31

Christmas In The Park

Christmas In The ParkLocation: Longview Lake CampgroundLongview Lake Park
  Sunday-Thursday5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  Friday & Saturday5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Price: No charge. Donations for local charities accepted.
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

With 300,000 lights, 175 animated figures and splashes of Christmas color, the entire family will delight in the magic of this enchanting drive-thru winter wonderland… a gift to you from Jackson County!  

Directions to Christmas In The Park: I 470 East to View High Drive, then go about two miles south to 3rd Street. Follow the signs to Jackson County’s Christmas In The Park located in the Longview Lake Campground at 10711 West Scherer Road, Kansas City, MO 64134.


Saturday, December 12

Missouri Town ChristmasA Christmas Celebration

Location: Missouri Town 1855Fleming Park
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Price: Adults $5.00Youth 5-13 and Seniors $3.00Under 5 free
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

The Christmas customs of English, German and French settlers are brought to life in this historic antebellum community. The smell of wood burning fireplaces, period music and authentic decorations, make this a “must attend” holiday experience.  A special visit and candy treat from “Belsnickle” will thrill children of all ages.


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